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  • - [Narrator] When we think of the ocean,

  • we think of the beach.

  • But I'm speaking to one of a handful of people

  • who have been to the deepest depths of our oceans.

  • (phone rings)

  • - [Bruce] My name is Bruce Strickrott,

  • and I am currently the senior pilot

  • and manager of Alvin Operations Group

  • at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

  • - [Narrator] Phew.

  • He pilots a submarine called Alvin,

  • and he works with scientists to explore

  • deep ocean life and terrain.

  • - [Bruce] Yeah, our average depth on most dives

  • is between 2,500 and 3,000 meters.

  • - [Narrator] That's almost two vertical miles.

  • This is what it feels like

  • to go 10,000 feet below the water's surface.

  • - [Bruce] We dive, often, down near the equator,

  • so it's bright and sunny.

  • It's early morning, it's nice.

  • You'll dive in the water and you hit a color of turquoise

  • that I have never been able to see anywhere else.

  • - [Narrator] But that blue doesn't last long.

  • - [Bruce] It's easy to lose light

  • within five to ten minutes, easy.

  • - [Narrator] And you're left suspended

  • in seemingly black water.

  • - [Bruce] The sub spins the whole way down

  • and the whole way up, but you don't even notice.

  • The only way you can tell is,

  • you can look at the compass and see it's turning around.

  • - [Narrator] Within that darkness, small flashes emerge.

  • These are from animals who live at these extreme depths.

  • - [Bruce] You hit lots of bioluminescence.

  • The amount that you can see outside is astounding.

  • - [Narrator] And then you hit the bottom.

  • - [Bruce] When you get to the site

  • that you're headed to and you turn the lights on,

  • there's a huge wow factor there.

  • - [Narrator] In particular, areas with geothermal vents

  • or these underwater geysers, massive structures

  • that rise thousands of feet up towards the surface.

  • - [Bruce] The view out the front

  • is astounding because there's nothing like it

  • anywhere else on the planet, nothing.

  • Our perspective is altered by our experience

  • because you can't go and look at the ocean anymore

  • and think of it just as this endless, flat surface of water.

  • You have an understanding of what's underneath it.

  • (inspiring music)

- [Narrator] When we think of the ocean,

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What It Feels Like 10,000 Feet Under the Sea

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/29
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